Public Policy

The public policy faculty have a wide range of research interests. Steve Balla studies public participation in decision making in the executive branch, as well as the interaction of Congress and the bureaucracy in the making of public policy. Eric Lawrence is a student of Congress and research methods. His research addresses policymaking in areas ranging from federal funding for institutions of higher education to state policies aimed at reducing uninsurance among their populations. Bob Stoker has examined the difficulties inherent in policy implementation in a system of government in which separate institutions share power. He also has extensive experience as a policy analyst. Clarence Stone's research focuses on the politics of urban areas, including issues pertaining to policymaking in the area of public education.  Along with faculty in related fields in the department and around the university, the public policy faculty have the expertise and experience to offer students both broad analytical training and specific guidance in the making of public policy in many areas of American politics.